Almost 50 years to the day since it premiered on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company will open its 2009/2010 47th season with William Gibson’s passionate and gripping story, The Miracle Worker.
The Miracle Worker first aired in 1957 as part of the CBS television dramatic anthology series, Playhouse 90. Gibson subsequently adapted his teleplay into the 1959 Broadway production starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke which won six Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (Bancroft), Best Direction of a Play (Arthur Penn) and the Theatre World Award (Duke).
Bancroft and Duke reprised their roles for the 1962 feature film, winning Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bancroft) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Duke). It was remade for television in 1979 with Patty Duke as Sullivan and Melissa Gilbert as Keller. In 2000, another television production was made and the 2005 Bollywood remake entitled Black made Time magazine’s top ten films of the year list.
Directed by Meg Roe, The Miracle Worker will run at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre October 10-31, 2009.
The Miracle Worker
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
10 – 31 October 2009
As parents we love our children unconditionally. But what do you do when an illness has left your daughter blind, deaf and consequently mute? The Keller’s have spoiled their daughter, Helen, and showered her with pity all her young life. So much so that she has become out of control. Whether out of kindness or guilt, they hire Annie Sullivan as governess and teacher to try and tame their wild daughter. But Sullivan has met her match. It takes several fierce battles, not only with Helen but with her parents as well, for Sullivan to convince the Keller’s that she needs time alone with Helen in order to make progress. For two long weeks she locks herself away with Helen teaching the little girl discipline and language through the use of her fingers. And then one day, one glorious day, a breakthrough.
Tickets can be reserved by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 604 873 3311, on line at http://www.vancouverplayhouse.com or in person at the Playhouse Production Centre, 127 East 2nd Avenue.